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COUGAR Spike Black Steel / Plastic MicroATX Mini Tower Gaming Case with USB 3.0 and 12CM Cougar Fan

  • Steel / Plastic MicroATX Mini Tower
  • USB3.0 x1 & USB2.0 x1, Mic x1, Audio x1 Front Ports
  • 2 External 5.25" Drive Bays
  • 2 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays

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A great blend of performance and function, the COUGAR Spike MicroATX mini tower case offers an ideal choice for gaming enthusiasts and DIY professionals in a space-saving design, at a price that won't make you wince. Sober design with honeycomb meshes and diamond-cut highlight on front panel would impress you at first sight, while all black coating, from inside out, evokes a sense of high quality. Beyond your expectation from a mini tower, the COUGAR Spike effortlessly takes on high-end graphics card up to 330mm in length. Installation is easy and quick with screw-less mechanisms on 5.25" & 3.5" devices. Complete with front-loading USB 3.0 connectivity and superior thermal performance, the COUGAR Spike delivers everything you need to build your power house, and all the confidence and peace to game hard.

  • newegg Excellent Cooling The COUGAR Spike mini tower case comes equipped with 1x 120mm rear fan and a wealth of air vents on front and side panels for effective system cooling.
  • newegg Easy Installation Screw-less design for 5.25” & HDD devices enables easy and quick installation. Reserved space for 2.5" devices on the bottom paves you way to SSD storage technology.
  • newegg High-End Card Support The COUGAR Spike supports high end graphics card up to 330mm long granting you the capability to build your powerful gaming rig.
  • newegg Front USB 3.0 Connectivity 1x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0 and 2x audio ports on front panel allows easy connection to your webcam, headset, microphone and other peripherals.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • Anonymous
  • 8/28/2015 9:04:58 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNice but needs work

Pros: This case has decent room in it and is a great price. Everything went in very well.

Cons: It needs some kind of cable management added. Did my best but still had to just put the side panel on and leave it be in the end.

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  • Matthew J.
  • 8/21/2015 5:46:39 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice, cheap case. But one downside

Pros: Looks nice
Cheap

Cons: No cable management space
Very easy to have cpu cooler too tall, or memory and hard drive interfere. So do your research on your parts before you start buying Corsair Vengeance Pro or something with tall heatspreaders.
G. Skill Ripjaws X barely fit in it, the hard drive's SATA power connector is resting on top of it

Other Thoughts: It's a pretty nice looking case, so far nothing has gotten too warm while playing games so I'm assuming the airflow is okay for now

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  • Ariel H.
  • 8/5/2015 5:43:03 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Reasonable price, feels solid. Decent amount of room for a microATX.

Cons: Rear exhaust fan was DOA. It's easy to replace, and not enough of an inconvenience to prompt me to return the whole thing, but it's annoying. The "screwless" fasteners for the drive bays are flimsy and come off or snap easily, so I did away with them and used actual screws instead.

Other Thoughts: This may simply be a function of it being a small case - but you have to be very careful about the order in which you construct the guts of the machine. There's very little room to maneuver and connect optical and hard drives once the motherboard and power supply are in. If you already put the drives in first then you're fine, but those of us who leave them til last should be mindful when using this case.

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  • jonathan F.
  • 7/31/2015 5:24:41 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsspike PC Case

Pros: Price,Esthetics,functionality,size,Decent Quality

Cons: Not terrible,but a BIT flimsy, not unacceptable for the price though.Cable management was a BIT tough.

Other Thoughts: Well worth the Buy

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  • ralph m.
  • 6/21/2015 9:10:24 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsClean well built

Pros: Came with aux wiring at sufficient length. Everything fit and worked. Came with misc screws and standoffs, for flexible installation. wanted a budget case with 3.0 front access.

Cons: none

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  • Andrew Z.
  • 6/7/2015 9:35:31 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat case for a budget build.

Pros: Pretty standard micro ATX mini tower with some nice features, including a spot to mount SSD on the bottom of the case. Install was simple.

Cons: I would prefer more front ports and a bottom mount PSU. Not worth dropping an egg considering the cost.

Other Thoughts: The SSD mount spot was unexpected and came in quite handy.

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  • Ezra D.
  • 5/31/2015 1:24:34 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsYay

Pros: It works great with a good layout.
Relatively cheap.
Good quite fan.
Pretty

Cons: Power light is too bright.

Other Thoughts: I'm glad I got this vs something else, It also has one of two of my working fans.

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  • Juan V.
  • 5/22/2015 12:27:26 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat case

Pros: Great interior and easy to build inside. For the price you can't go wrong. Keeps my computer cool.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Great case for building on a budget

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  • Simon G.
  • 4/19/2015 8:42:18 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood Budget Micro ATX Case

Pros: - Price
- Black Interior
- Top Mounted CPU Position
- Style (Looks Good)
- Fits Big Graphics Cards In Micro ATX Case
- USB 3.0
- Quick Releases
- Includes A Fan
- Includes Speaker And Rubber Insulation Gaskets

Cons: - Front Fan Partially Obstructed
- Front Panels Clips Seem "Iffy"
- No Rear Slot Covers
- Included Pads For Feet Are Lacking In Size And Quality
- No Cable Management
- Cheap Plastic Thumb Screws

Other Thoughts: While there is a short list of cons, most of these had been made clear to me through reviews and product images prior to purchasing the case. For the price of the case these cons are all minimal and I couldn't count them against it so it maintains a 5 egg review.

If you are looking for a small (Micro ATX) case that is not overly flashy then you have found your case. Just get some better thumb screws, express slot covers, and find one of hundreds of simple cable management solutions and you will be all set.

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  • Mike P.
  • 4/13/2015 7:31:11 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsCOUGAR Spike Case Review

Pros: -Good price/quality ratio.
-Cheapo.
-Fits enthusiast grade cards. Pretty much any card you want can probably fit in here.
-Seems pretty spacious.
-Good airflow if you invest in another (or a few other) fan(s).
-Comes with a 120mm rear fan.
-Looks pretty "edgy" and "gamer" for all you guys who care that.
-USB 3.0 at this price.
-Cable management is possible, though it leaves a lot to be desired. If your PSU in non-modular, there are a few places you can stash your big bundle of unused cables out of place and out of mind to help airflow, such as unused drive bays. The case also has a lot of space to zip-tie your cables.

Cons: -Feels cheap
-Top-mounted PSU. The way it is positioned, it will be breathing hot air from your CPU cooler.
-Pretty much no sound dampening. The air holes in the side of the case add to the terrible noise.
-Included fan definitely works, but not as well as you would want it to.
-Front mounted audio stopped working after about a week. I tried plugging and re-plugging the HD-audio cord, but to no avail. Not a big deal because I just grabbed an audio extension cord and plugged it into the back and taped over the front audio with electrical tape, but it's still pretty ghetto and adds to the overall cheap feel to the case. (I could probably fix this with a quick soldering job, but I'm too lazy)
-USB 3.0 port started acting up after about a month. Some fiddling with the cable to my mobo fixed the issue, and I did the same thing a second time when it started acting up again. Not a big deal because of the easy fix, but shouldn't be necessary at all.
-Barely any room for a medium-high profile CPU cooler. If you do get one, it will be a very tight fit or it won't fit at all, so do your research. Most times, if you get a big aftermarket cooler, it will make the side fan mounts obsolete unless you want to mount them on the outside of your case, which is undesirable.
-NO place to stash cables behind the mobo. In addition, you'll have to remove the mobo if you want to mount a backplate to it.
-HDD drives stick out of the bays and can cause clearance issues with your RAM if it's too big. In addition, if you want to add another HDD, you have to pretty much take apart your whole PC due to the tight placement.
-Expansion slot covers are not modular. You rip em' off and they're gone forever.
-Water cooling compatibility (yeah, right...)

Other Thoughts: Generally, you get what you pay for. Don't buy this case if what you're looking for is rock solid case that will be reliable for years to come. This is a cheapo case for cheapo people looking for the best value possible. I would recommend this case for a budget build, but if you have literally any more money to spend, just invest in a better case with better features; it will be better for you in the long run.

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